Publisher Private Division has announced that developer Obsidian Entertainment’s upcoming game, The Outer Worlds, will only be enhanced on Xbox One X. It’s a surprising move given that most games available on Xbox One X and PS4 Pro are enhanced on both consoles.
In a statement to Windows Central, a Private Division spokesperson said that The Outer Worlds would only support 4K “on Xbox One, no enhancements for PS4 Pro.” This means that you will only be able to play The Outer Worlds in 4K on Xbox One X and PC, with the PS4 Pro capping at 1080p.
Though neither Private Division nor Obsidian Entertainment added why PS4 Pro wouldn’t support The Outer Worlds in 4K when Xbox One X will, it is worth noting that Microsoft acquired Obsidian back in 2018. That’s not to say that Microsoft’s relationship with Obsidian is the sole reason that this is happening–again, there’s been no announced official reasoning–but it’s good context to have when viewing this situation.
On PC, The Outer Worlds is a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store. If you pre-order the game, you can nab it at a discount. For those looking to play the upcoming space RPG on Xbox One, The Outer Worlds will be available via Game Pass on launch day.
The Outer Worlds has been marketed as the spiritual successor to the Fallout series–the game is being made by the studio helmed by the series’ creators. However, rather than being set on the post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland of Earth, The Outer Worlds is a futuristic science fiction story that takes place on several planets throughout the far reaches of space. Like many RPGs before it, The Outer Worlds emphasizes player choice–giving you the option of choosing your own destiny. Whether you become the universe’s savior or conqueror is up to you.
The Outer Worlds will launch for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on October 25. A Switch version of the game is scheduled to release at a later date.
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